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The Best Countries to Backpack 

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List Rules Vote up the cheapest, coolest, and most exciting countries for backpacking trips.

Backpacking is a right of passage for many college-aged students around the world. It is an affordable way to have an unforgettable travel experience. This is a list of great countries for backpacking - the best destinations for living out of a single bag. Where is the greatest place for a backpacking vacation? Vote on this list of the best countries to backpack and help us determine which nation is number one.

Europe has always been a popular destination for the backpacking traveler. Eurorail is an affordable way to get from city to city and European hostels are a great, cheap place to rest your head... and your backpack.

Asia is becoming a favorite location for the modern backpacker. With beautiful Buddhist temples and delicious cuisine, thrifty travelers can take in a lot of culture for a modest expense in Nepal and Thailand. India is also a wonderful country to journey through. They have their own hostel system in the major cities and offer affordable tours for college students. All hostels are not created equally so be sure to book your travel plans in advance to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

Vote away Ranker voters and help young travelers determine which is the best country to backpack. If you have any great backpacking stories, please share them in the comments section. Happy travels!
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Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Amsterdam
2
Finland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Helsinki
3
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Copenhagen
4
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Stockholm
5
Germany is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Berlin
6
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Reykjavik
7
Australia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Canberra
8
Greece is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Athens
9
Spain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Madrid
10
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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Italy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Rome
12
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wellington
13
France is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Paris
14
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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Belgium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
City of Brussels
17
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Budapest
18
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Buenos Aires
19
England is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
London
20
United States of America... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Washington, D.C.
21
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Edinburgh
22
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Lisbon
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Croatia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Zagreb
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Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Phnom Penh
25
Chile is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Santiago